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There's always a silver lining

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By James Roberts

Seems that every time we have an election, I do this. And since I'm a creature of habit, I guess I'll do it again.

Tuesday's special election saw a higher turnout than expected. A whopping 23 percent. Of the county's 17,000-plus registered voters, only 4,000 of them bothered to cast their votes. Statewide, the turnout was only slightly better at 24 percent.

OK, quiet down. I can already hear your arguments.

"It was a special election and there was only one race on the ballot."

That's true. But does that mean the State Senator's race is somehow less important than others? I don't think so.

"I didn't have time to vote."

It took me longer to walk to my car than it did to cast my vote.

In fact, it took me about 45 seconds, total. And the reason it took that long was because I kept getting the candidates confused. Haydon. Higdon. Both have the initials J.H. You see my point, right?

I even knew whom I was voting for well in advance, but, still I just kept getting confused.

"The overabundance of attack ads turned me off from both candidates."

Well, I can't really argue with that. The attack ads were definitely over the top, likely due to the short campaign window.

Higdon won by a pretty sizable margin. Hopefully, we've picked the right person to fill Dan Kelly's shoes.

On a sweeter note

I've tightened my fiscal belt over the last year due to the shaky economy. Looking over the budget a few weeks ago in an attempt to plan our Christmas gift expenses, my wife and I saw it looked pretty grim.

We had the money to buy gifts, but it would drop us well below my target dollar amount.

There's always a silver lining.

As I fretted and wondered what to do, my wife said she could make candy for everyone. A perfect idea, I thought. It would be far cheaper than buying presents for our families. And it would be far sweeter as well.

Now, while I wouldn't call myself selfish, I generally tend to think how any household decision affects me. This one, I reckoned, meant lots of sampling of candy, brownies and other sweets.

God, I love that woman!

Ironically, after taste testing all the treats, tightening my fiscal belt will likely lead to loosening my actual belt.

Oh well, tis the season.